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Hypertext & Literacy

Ted Nelson: With a background in film and philosophy, Ted put his ideas about cinematography and his need to organize his thoughts, ideas, and notes into a text-management system he coined hypertext. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Nelson

Tim Berners-lee: If not for him, we would not have the web! The focus that he had was to create a system where people could publish information once, and have others view it. People think of the WWW as a computer system, but it is a publishing system that uses the internet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-Lee

What is hypertext?

Hypertext is a multi-dimesional writing system! Ordinary print reading is left to right - top to bottom - Organized in rows. Hypertext allows us to use the space behind the words to add information. We call this "information," or "data about information" - putting information about the words inside the words.

The sad reality of hypertext is that it is not used as it was intended. Hypertext is a contextual medium, so all links should be in the context of the sentences they apply to. Long lists of links or navigation bars are the anti-thesis of the hypertext ideal.

One of the other strengths of hypertext is that it combines well with visual learning.

The Wiki Wiki web http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WikiWikiWeb

The most successful and famous wikiweb is The Wikipedia: http://www.wikipedia.org/

The Wiki Web we used is calledd TiddlyWiki: http://www.tiddlywiki.com/ If you want a copy to play with on your own computer:

Dog-and-Pony Show!

Hyper-poetry/ficiton http://www.eastgate.com/SandLoves/Welcome.html (by Deena Larsen) http://www.eastgate.com/Dispossession/Welcome.html (by Robert Kendall) http://nowtv.com/mystery/dead.htm (from nowtv.com)

Poetic "Augmentation" http://www.cs.amherst.edu/~ccm/prufrock.html(from Catherine C. Mcgeoch @ Amherst College) http://eliotswasteland.tripod.com/

Hyper Haiku http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/28.html(from Ted Nellen @ Information Technology High School, NY)

Hyper Shakespeare http://quarles.unbc.ca/midsummer/midsummer1.html (from University of Northern British Columbia)

Hyper Austin (annotated) http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/ppv1n01.html(from Pemberly.com)

Hyper Hemmingway http://www.has.vcu.edu/eng/webtext/hills/hills.htm (from Virginia Commonwealth University, VA)

Vocab Lesson using a M. Crichton article http://faculty.biu.ac.il/~korens/textfun/f40101.htm (from Dr. Kira Shoren @ Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel)

Addendum

I'm adding to this page: the original paper from Vanover bush As we may think

Alan kayes dynabook von neuman

Here is a great article on Wikis http://builder.com.com/5100-31-5078062.html?tag=search

Wiki Wiki! Hypertext and Literacy: Learn the history and practice of hypertexting and how it can be used to enhance literacy lessons. Get some hands-on time constructing a mini-wiki web, visit some fully developed ones, and understand how the principle of hypetexting can (and will continue to) be used in the learning process.

Concepts to work with: the idea of threading and the nature of contextual systems.

http://www.readingonline.org/articles/mceneaney/

http://www.readingmatrix.com/articles/kasper/index2.html

http://www.literacymatters.org/content/research/learn.htm

http://members.accesswave.ca/~hgunn/special/papers/hypertxt/reading.html